A new scholarship aimed at funding local people to join the nursing profession is being launched by the James Paget University Hospital.
The Paget Nursing Scholarship will initially provide financial support to two students so they can complete the three-year course to qualify as registered nurses.
The scholarship has been set up by the James Paget and the University of East Anglia, where the students will study when not on placement in the hospital.
Head of Education and Practice Development Sharon Crowle said that the new scholarship presented a unique opportunity.
“We’re really excited about the new scholarship and believe it will generate a great deal of interest,” she said.
“It is aimed at people from the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area who have always harboured an ambition to become a nurse at their local hospital but may have been put off from going onto the three-year course because of the tuition fees.
“The scholarship will provide the financial support that will make their dream a reality.”
There are two intakes of student nurses each year, in September and February. The September intake attracts students who have just completed other academic study, such as a first degree.
However, the February intake is popular with people from a wider variety of backgrounds, including those who have chosen other career paths – and the scholarships are designed for these students.
Initially, there will be two scholarships per year but that may increase that in the future, if there is sufficient interest.
James Paget University Hospital Director of Nursing Julia Hunt said: “I am sure the scholarships will prove extremely popular. This latest initiative demonstrates how we are constantly looking at new ways of developing routes into the nursing profession for the local community, so that we can grow our workforce for the future.”
Professor Rosalynd Jowett, Dean of School of Health Sciences from the UEA said: “I am delighted that the strong partnership between the School of Health Sciences at UEA and the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust established this Scholarship opportunity which will support specific students to study for such a rewarding and exciting career in nursing. We hope this opportunity will encourage applicants from the local area to study, qualify and join the community of highly qualified practitioners at James Paget.”
The scholarship is currently being advertised on the NHS jobs website here.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the scholarships should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org